The Blue Jackets gave up five consecutive goals en route to a 7-4 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night (after taking a 4-2 early in the third period) and things didn't look much better from the get-go when the club hosted the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night at Nationwide Arena.
Columbus was penalized three times in the first period of action, leading to a power-play goal from James Neal (just past the midway point of the first period) and another goal from Leon Draisaitl (three seconds after a man advantage expired) to give the road team a 2-0 lead.
Before five minutes surpassed in the second period, Jujhar Khaira got on the board and Draisaitl scored his second goal of the game to give the Oilers a demanding 4-0 lead. At that point, Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo was taken out of the game after allowing 4 goals on 12 shots and was relieved by Elvis Merzlikins for the remainder of the game.
Columbus showed signs of life, answering with a power-play goal of their own from Zach Werenski–getting the puck past goaltender Mike Smith–two minutes later.
A failed 5-on-3 opportunity–which lasted nearly two minutes–went by the wayside later in the period, and the Jackets faced a 4-1 deficit entering the final 20 minutes.
The Blue Jackets look like theyve never seen a 5-on-3.— 1st Ohio Battery (@1stOhioBattery) October 31, 2019
There were no goals scored in the final period of regulation.
Forward Alexandre Texier is on the injured reserve due to a lower-body injury.
Defenseman Ryan Murray is on the injured reserve due to a broken hand.
Forward Brandon Dubinsky continues to be sidelined due to an upper-body injury.
The Blue Jackets will be on the road Friday evening, with a trip to St. Louis for a matchup against the Blues. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.